February 15, 2014 : Muay Thai Event San Diego California
WCK World Championship Muay Thai, “Matter of Pride” at Pechanga Resort and Casino featured local and international Muay Thai Kickboxers from as close as Chula Vista and San Diego, California USA, to as far as Brazil and the Netherlands.
There were WBC, WCK and IAMTF Muay Thai Title Belts on the line at the live televised event on Fox Sports San Diego.
Our featured bout was:
Francisco Garcia (American Boxing Muay Thai MMA Academy) vs. James Steelsmith (Art of Eight “AO8” Training and Fitness Center).
This Muay Thai match-up was for the IAMTF Super Middleweight Western Title.
This was an exciting battle to determine who the best 168lb striker and arguably the best Muay Thai gym in San Diego is, with both fighters featuring San Diego Muay Thai Champions in their corners! In Steelsmith’s corner he had former Muay Thai World Champion Melchor Menor and current Muay Thai World Champion Mike LeMaire and in Garcia’s corner former Muay Thai World Champion and WBC National Champion Dave Nielsen.
Steelsmith, the noticeably taller fighter had the strategic and tactical advantage. Team Nielsen American Boxing and Nakmuay (Thai word for a Muay Thai fighter) Francisco Garcia had their Thai Boxing tested from top to bottom with the taller well schooled and trained fighter in Steelsmith.
Conditioning was even, heart was even, this fight came down to who had the better game plan, technique, and the application of both.
Round 1 was close with both fighters really letting their hands go and the occasional kick being fired. The edge went to Garcia for his power, ring control and sweeping leg kicks.
Round 2, Steelsmith really turned it on throwing a barrage of punches at Garcia. Garcia blocked most of the onslaught and fired back with leg kicks and boxing that backed-up Steelsmith. With 10 seconds remaining in the Muay Thai round, 5’10” Garcia took the angle on Steelsmith, faked the clinch and landed a devastating head-kick to the face of his 6’2″ opponent. Steelsmith dropped to the canvas but stood up quickly and staggered to the closest corner in order to recover. The kick by Garcia caused a cut to the bridge of Steelsmiths’ nose as well as internal damage which could be seen by the flow of blood in the later rounds. The referees count for the knockdown went into the rounds end, saving Steelsmith from further Garcia punishment.
The 3rd Round was some of the same, a few kicks from each fighter and lots of Boxing with again, the more effective Boxing strikes from Garcia who really opened up that nose from the last rounds head kick. With the blood of Steelsmiths nose really flowing, Garcia rocked Steelsmith with a right hand and went in for the finish, but Steelsmith survived once again.
The 4th and Final Round Steelsmith and his corner knew he needed something big. Following Menor’s corner instructions Steelsmith began throwing knees and locking Garcia up in the clinch. Unfortunately for Steelsmith and his corner, Garcia was just too well prepared and neutralized everything Steelsmith threw at him. Garcia had followed Nielsen’s game plan perfectly in each round and this was just too little too late from the AO8 Team. With just 20 seconds remaining in the round and fight, Garcia caught Steelsmith with another right hand that sent him back covering up. Garcia walked Steelsmith down throwing precise power shots to the head of Steelsmith who continued to cover, Garcia fired another head kick to finish him…IT LANDED! Steelsmith is beyond tough, fortunately for him, it appears he was so tired his head just bounced off the shin of Garcia and he survived the final round. Check out the photo series here for the final blow:
Judge 1 had it 40-35.
Judge 2 had it 40-36.
Judge 3 had it 40-35.
All for the Winner and new IAMTF Super Middleweight Western Champion, San Diego’s own Francisco Garcia.
Additional bouts and results.
Andrew Gabriel defeats Travis Yoon via (T)KO in Rd. 2
Francisco Garcia defeats James Steelsmith via Unanimous Decision
Adrian Morilla vs. Levon Sarksyan Majority Draw
Jason Caldwell defeats Charles Bisset via Unanimous Decision
Zoila Frausto defeats Linda Aguilar via (T)KO in Rd. 2
Melsik Baghdasaryan defeats John Vargas via (T)KO in Rd. 3
Marvin Madariaga defeats Travis Garlits via (T)KO in Rd. 1
Adam Rothweiler defeats David Huerta via Split Decision
Jemyma Betrian defeats Thais Souza via (T)KO in Rd. 3
Landon Simmons defeats Bryce Krause via KO in Rd. 1
Sam Alvey defeats Sergio Pique via (T)KO in Rd. 3
About American Boxing Muay Thai MMA Academy San Diego: Established 2003
Family Owned and Operated by 7x Undefeated Muay Thai Kickboxing and Submission Wrestling Champion Kru Dave Nielsen, American Boxing is a School and a Family of Women, Men and Kids from all walks of life, ages 4 years old and up who train for fitness, self defense and fight competition goals.
A Muay Thai Boxing and Fitness gym in Pacific Beach, American Boxing offers Small Coed, Women’s Classes and Kids Classes of 12 or Less and Private/ Personal Training in Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Cross Training, MMA, Jiu Jitsu and Grappling to 1st timers and seasoned pros!
American Boxing directly serves the La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Clairemont areas but houses students and fighters from all over San Diego county, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Interested in having a Team Nielsen American Boxing fighter in your show?
Kru Dave via email: dave(at)americanboxing.net